The La Plata Mountains, seen from San Juan County, are a small subrange of the San Juan Mountains in sw Colorado, and includes Hesperus Mountain at 13,332 feet.
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness (Bisti Badlands) is a 45,000-acre wilderness area full of rock formations made of sandstone, shale, mudstone, and silt.
Angel Peak Scenic Area is located 15 miles south of Bloomfield in San Juan County, with over 10,000 acres of rugged terrain, badlands and deep canyons.
The San Juan River is a 383 mile long major tributary of the Colorado River and a primary drainage for the Four Corners.
Navajo Lake is a 3800 feet long and 400 feet deep reservoir located in northeastern San Juan County, created from a dam completed in 1962.
The eggs and hoodoos in the Bisti Wilderness were formed in sand and silt revealed 73 million years ago when the Western Interior Seaway receded.
The Aztec Ruins National Monument, on 318 acres, consists of dwellings and sacred structures built by Ancient Pueblo Indians in the 12th and 13th Centuries.
Shiprock (Tsé Bitʼaʼí, "rock with wings") is a 27 million year old volcanic rock formation, designated as a National Natural Landmark, rising 1,583 feet above the desert.

Alcohol Use


Alcohol Use - Adults

Self-report of excessive alcohol use among adults in San Juan County is slightly below, but not significantly different than New Mexico and the U.S. The current rate of adult binge drinking in San Juan County is 14.7% (2018), compared to New Mexico's rate of 16%, and the U.S. rate of 17.4% (2017). Chronic heavy drinking is reported by 3.9% of adults in San Juan, compared to 6.2% across New Mexico. (See notes below.)

Binge Drinking, Adults
Chronic Heavy Drinking

Trends, Adult Alcohol Use

Alcohol use rates among adults have not changed much over time. In 2019, there was a slight, but not significant increase in binge drinking among adults from 12.4% to 14.7%.

Alcohol Use - High School

Self-report measures of alcohol use among high school age students in San Juan County are slightly below, but not statistically different from NM and the U.S. Measures are self-report of past 30-days from the most recent NM YRRS. (See Source and Notes below.)

Binge Drinking, HS Youth
Current (Past 30-day) Drinking

Trends, High School Aged Youth Alcohol Use

Data for most alcohol use indicators among high school aged youth have reached a plateau, leveling off after 2013. Prior to 2013, there were significant decreases in all measures of alcohol use and related risk behaviors.

Early initiation of alcohol use, as measured by the YRRS indicator, “First drink before age 13,” is an important indicator that is a predictor of alcoholism later in life. This indicator among youth in San Juan County decreased from 31.7% in 2003 to 15.8% in 2015, and then increased somewhat to 18.6% in 2019. This rate is similar to New Mexico's 20.5%, which is the 3rd highest rate in the U.S.

Alcohol Use - Middle School

Below are the alcohol use indicators for middle school students from the YRRS. Approximately one-fourth (23.4%) of middle school students report having ever used alcohol (lifetime use), and 11.5% report current, past 30-day use.

These rates are similar to rates for middle school students across New Mexico. Across the state 25.3% of middle school students report lifetime use, and 10.5% report current use of alcohol.
Ever Drank Alcohol
Current (Past 30-day) Drinking
Binge Drinking, MS Youth

Trends, Middle School Alcohol Use

Lifetime use of alcohol (Ever Drank) has decreased among middle school aged youth, from 30.9% in 2009 to 23.4% in 2017. Other measures have remained consistent over the years of the survey. (2019 YRRS data are not yet available for Middle School students.)

Resilience at Home

As the name suggests, the New Mexico YRRS (Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey) not only asks about "risk" factors, such as substance use and related behaviors, it also asks about "resilience" factors. Two examples of resilience factors are shown below.

Youth who experience these resilience factors are less likely to use substances (drugs, alcohol) or engage in related behaviors, such as drinking and driving. These represent strengths; for both of these resilience factors, San Juan County is in the top 10 of New Mexico's 33 counties.
Data for alcohol use are from two self report surveys, one for youth and one for adults:

Youth Data:
Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), NM Dept of Health.
Current (2019) County Report: www.youthrisk.org.

Historical YRRS trend data (currently for 2013, 2015 and 2017) from New Mexico's Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS): https://ibis.health.state.nm.us/query/selection/yrrs/_YRRSSelection.html

Adult Data:
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), CDC.
Retrieved from New Mexico's Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS).
https://ibis.health.state.nm.us/query/selection/brfss/_BRFSSSelection.html 

Additional information and national data are available from the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/
**Binge drinking (youth and adults) is defined as 5 or more drinks (for males or 4 or more drinks for females) on one occasion. Among adults, chronic heavy drinking refers to more than two drinks per day for males and more than one drink per day for females.

The YRRS is administered across New Mexico with high school and middle school students in the Fall of odd-numbered years, by the New Mexico Dept. of Health in collaboration with the New Mexico Public Education Dept. It was most recently done in Fall 2019.

Note: The Middle school reports for 2019 have not yet been published.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the National CDC system of health-related telephone surveys. The years 2004 to 2010 are land-line only; 2011 to 2019 represent the use of combined land-line and cell-phone data collection protocols.

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